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From Epic Fail… to Cupcake Master with the Kenwood Chef XL

Last year we started a new tradition for Theo. He has an August birthday, so misses out on taking treats in to school for his classmates, so instead, as he was born in Scotland, he celebrates St Andrews Day with Saltire themed cupcakes.

 

This seemed like a great idea in principle, but last year’s baking attempt was a bit of a disaster! The cakes rose with a little mound in the middle and the thin icing I attempted all ran to the edges leaving naked cracked cupcake mountains. It was not the Pinterest worthy moment I had been dreaming of!

With the end of November started looming again this year, I was wondering how to overcome last year’s obstacles when AO.com stepped in and offered me a Kenwood Chef to review. I’ve considered purchasing a stand mixer for years, but I wasn’t sure they were really worth the money or the space on the worktop. The St Andrews cupcake challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out if they were…

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Our epic half tonne pizza oven installation saga

Our epic half tonne pizza oven installation saga

by Clare Mansell

Over the summer Jim turned forty and I decided to treat him to something he’s wanted for nearly decade… a brick outdoor oven. We first started looking at ovens like this when we lived in Cyprus in 2009 where they were known as Kleftiko ovens, but living in a military quarter meant they weren’t a very practical purchase and we’d almost certainly have had to leave it behind when we got posted. We were keen enough that we visited a few shops that sold them though and there’s a picture of us from the time with Jim looking wistfully at one*

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Home Life Project – November (without a DSLR!!)

It was not a happy start to this month’s Home Life Project weekend! On the day of the last Home Life Project I took my DSLR to the beach, got a grain of sand in it and the autofocus stopped working. I took it to be repaired three weeks ago and though I am expecting it back any day, I’ve still not got it. So for this weekend’s HLP I used a compact camera I bought for filming, a Lumix G7. It’s great for video, but the manual settings for photos are limited and the photos aren’t as crisp as an SLR would produce.

I wish I could say something profound about my day using it, like how it taught me to get back to the basics of photography, or that it challenged me to think about light more, but it really didn’t. It just made me think of the days before I had an SLR when I had no control over the settings and everything I shot in low light had motion blur.

I’ve talked before about my desire to buy a mirrorless camera and it is still something I intend to do (particularly so I can take it to the beach next time!!) however it needs to be a camera (like this) with a wide range of easy accessible manual controls otherwise it’ll just cause me endless frustration.

So anyway, on with our day. Jim was here for the start of it, but disappeared at lunchtime for a business trip, so whilst Alice was having her lunchtime nap Theo and I spent some time working on his memory quilt which is made out of all the t-shirts he’s outgrown… and then suddenly it was dark…and then I really really missed my SLR and prime lens!

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